Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Eastern Wind Clears away the Clouds in the South-West, 1878
Comments - Handsome Yoshitoshi kabuki triptych depicting members of the Satsuma Rebellion in the play "Seinan unsei asa higashikaze." At right, Ichikawa Danjuro IX portrays the rebel leader Saijo (Saigo) Takamori. He sits in a wooden chair with a caned seat, dressed in a black military uniform adorned with fringed epaulets and gold braid. Next to him, Onoe Kikugoro plays Kurata Shinhachiro, resting his arm against the back of his chair, his cap on his lap. The young volunteers kneel before them to pay their respects and say goodbye. Several of the boys wear checked shirts tucked into striped hakama pants, and at far left, two stand carrying spears. Pink flames billow from a campfire at left, while tent walls emblazoned with the crest of the Shimazu Clan of Satsuma. Realistically drawn with expressive figures and fine detail in the clothing and setting, including burnishing on the black uniforms and accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone. A great design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 28 1/4" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Small loss at corner, repaired. Slight toning, offsetting from metallic pigment. Please see photos for details.